“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.”(Psalm 24:3-4)
How deeply I share the Psalmist’s desire! Such a passion for God’s voice sparked the flame of every revival in Scripture. Yet, I sense our joyful devotion to God’s word is deeply eroding today by our elevation of emotion, our love for money, our love of substances, our desire to be accepted, and our pursuit of worldly success. SIN is the underlining reason why we grow dull of hearing God’s voice.
Have you ever found a church service or bible study boring? Perhaps the poor skill of the preacher or bible teacher is at fault. Or, maybe you just need a new bible version to spice things up. Or, possibly a new emotionally charged worship style will do the trick. Or, so we think. Yet, such external maneuvers lack the power to change the hunger of the soul. According to Scripture the flame of faith can only be ignited by a new passion for God’s Word.
The reason for our spiritual boredom lies more deeply and personally within us. Our ears grow deaf to the word of God because of the presence of sin in our lives. Oh, none of us wants to admit it. We try to justify the reasons we may sin to ourselves and others, we look for some external reason, Yet, the reality is that spiritual truths don’t resonate in our hearts because they are tuned to the world.
Sin in our lives keeps us from hearing and understanding God’s word. James makes this connection when he writes, “lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).
Before we can clearly hear Gods direction through the Holy Spirit we’ve got to get rid of the filthiness. The word for “filth” in this text is a medical term that means “wax in the ear.” James described it like this, “Sin in your life plugs up your desire to hear God.”
The real sincere craving after God’s word only comes from a heart that is starved of sin and selfishness.
D.L. Moody famously said,
“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”
(1 John 1:9-10) “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for taking my sin upon You. I am sorry for the wrong things I have done and for the right I have failed to do. I don’t want to be spiritually deaf to hear you, or spiritually blind to see your plan for my life any longer. I confess my sins to You and ask for forgiveness. (Confess your sins, by act and by name to Him). Lord, thank You for helping me with my past and present sins. Help me to keep my eyes not on my sin, but on my Savior, Jesus. Help me to soar by casting off the weights of sin. Help me to live the life You have called me to live. I thank You for having a winning game plan for dealing with my Sin, In Jesus’ name, Amen
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Jesus says “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20)
The Bible promises eternal life to all who receive Christ: “And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” (1 John 11-13)
If you have not asked Jesus into your lifeYou can receive Jesus Christ right now by faith through prayer.
Prayer is just talking with God. He knows your heart, so don’t worry about getting your words just right. Here is a suggested prayer to guide you:
Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Saviour and Lord. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.
If you have done this, then congratulations! (Luke 15:7) says that when one sinner accepts Jesus Christ as his or her Saviour the angels rejoice. So there’s a party going on in heaven right now over your decision! Remember this date as your “second birthday,” the day you were born into a new life in Christ! You have God’s Word that he answered your prayer.
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